Artisan: Blue Diamond
Handcrafted from brass, this bold and graphic ring features a stunning ruby-red agate flanked by lapis lazuli accents. All the stones are locally sourced in Afghanistan.
A collaboration between the Kabul-based Blue Diamond jewelry workshop and UK designer Hattie Rickards, the design of this piece is based on the jali (lattice) patterns dominant in Afghan architecture. Afghanistan has a jewelry tradition that goes back more than 2,000 years, most famously exhibited in the Bactrian Gold Collection created around the time of Alexander the Great. It is a rare blend of aesthetic influences (from Persian and Indian to Classical Greek and Roman) and a high level of craftsmanship.
|After graduating from Turquoise Mountain Institute for Arts and Architecture’s jewelry and gem-cutting program in 2011, Habibullah, Ahmad Shafiq, Ahmad Shakeb and Nahibullah decided to set up their own Afghan Jewelry business. “We thought that there was an opportunity and took it” says Habibullah. “We want to...
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